Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.
Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.
Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!
Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.
Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/
It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.
Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.
31st March 2020 and honesty (Lunaria annua) in Boxfields Road seems to be flowering earlier this year.
Now we move on to 1st April 2020 and a walk to Collett's Bottom via Rudloe Firs. With all the new development in west Corsham, the lack of sufficient access to the countryside is becoming clearer. The Copenacre development is 'in' the country but isolated from it - next time you pass, note the number of people walking their babies or dogs along the A4. If the old Brickers Barn turnpike between the Cross Keys and Rudloe Firs (both ends now barred with iron gates) was opened up again (this is being pursued) this would provide a marvellous cross-country route and enable much easier access to the Cross Keys (pub) if and when it reopens. However, access from the Copenacre estate would still be an issue so a new, relatively short, byway would need to be dedicated from the back end of Copenacre to the old turnpike. Part of the route, between Pickwick Lodge and Middlewick Lane, is already a formal byway - CORM73. Surely the (four/five) landowners involved could be persuaded to back this project for the benefit of the whole community.
The old turnpike road between Cross Keys, via Hartham Park Chapel, Hillsgreen Lodge and Pickwick Lodge, and Rudloe Firs may clearly (!) be seen in the map below